Kavanaugh Denies Calling Roe v. Wade Unsettled in 2003 Email

Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin

Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin

Sen. Kamala Harris of California questioned the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about the Russian Federation investigation on the second day of his Senate confirmation hearings on Wednesday. The document had been among many held by the Senate Judiciary Committee as confidential, over the objections of Democrats, who have argued throughout this week's hearing that Republicans have shielded important papers about Presidential Donald Trump's nominee.

On abortion, Kavanaugh noted that Roe has been affirmed "many times".

Kavanaugh has been fielding sharp questions at the confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill on some of the most contentious issues raging in American society, including gun rights, presidential power and abortion. John Cornyn derisively snipped that "running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate". Some people want me to become a liberal because I disagree with President Trump. "I concur with what you're doing", he said.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Kavanaugh's nomination is being considered by the Senate at a time when the man who selected him, Trump, poses a threat to America's rule of law and is facing an ongoing investigation.

Sens. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., also released "confidential" documents, drawing a stern rebuke from Sen.

Leahy spent his remaining time asking Kavanaugh about his knowledge at the time of the warrantless wiretapping of USA citizens during the Bush administration's "War on Terror" following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. The Judiciary Committee is now holding that email on a confidential basis. Every Democratic Supreme Court nominee has promised to follow the law not to write it during their confirmation hearings, even though we all suspect they don't really believe that. The Ninth Amendment, for example, says, "the enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people".

Kavanaugh's 2003 comments came as he was reviewing an op-ed article in support of two judicial nominees while he was working in the Bush White House, according to the document.

In the document mentioned by Booker, Kavanaugh said that although he favored race-neutral policies in policing, there was an "interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented".

The committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, who previously discussed her own memories of an era before the 1973 law made abortion access legal, pressed Kavanaugh to explain himself.

Cornyn criticized Senate Democrats' "high jinks" after they invoked a rarely enforced rule to shut down Senate floor proceedings at 1:16 p.m.in protest of the confirmation hearings.

Kavanaugh had sidestepped questions from Booker on Wednesday night about the circumstances in which government can and cannot use race-conscious measures to address past discrimination.

As protesters in the audience screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room, Kavanaugh sat fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is clarifying that he can't recall any "inappropriate conversations" with a Washington law firm about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Kavanaugh is fielding a second, shorter round of questions from members of the committee Thursday.

"I think the first quality of a good judge in our constitutional system is independence", Kavanaugh added.

Judge Kavanaugh's hearing will resume Wednesday.

But Klobuchar suggested his interpretation, which differed from the rest of his peers on the DC Circuit, who were appointed by both Democrats and Republicans, seemed to be a pattern with Kavanaugh, in which he used Supreme Court precedents selectively to arrive at a particular outcome.

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